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JURIE MAREE

Nikon Z 6II Sigma 150 – 600 mm lens IG: @jjmaree201­8

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JURIE WRITES: This Egyptian goose landed at Otter Bridge in Rietvlei Nature Reserve outside Pretoria late one afternoon.

The sun was behind me and illuminate­d the goose perfectly. The water was calm and created a great reflection. My camera settings were: shutter speed 1/500 second, aperture f8 and ISO 220. The reserve is close to my home in Centurion. I visit almost every weekend and even during the week when I’m on leave. I buy a season ticket in spring and summer, and sometimes I go twice a weekend. Rietvlei is home to a variety of animals so you always get good photos. At Otter Bridge, you can take a photo of anything from a crab to a buffalo!

The Nikon Z 6II is my first mirrorless camera. I used to shoot with Nikon D-SLRs, like the D60, D90 and D610. The Z 6II has the benefit of an electronic viewfinder so you can see all the important info through the eyepiece, and a preview of what your photo will look like.

The camera can take up to 14 frames per second and the autofocus is good. Both of these features allow me to photograph birds, even birds in flight.

The Z 6II has a faster processor than its predecesso­r, the original Z6, which makes it better suited

to wildlife photograph­y, especially if you use the RAW capture setting.

TOAST SAYS: The fine texture of the goose’s plumage is striking and complement­s the rugged piece of wood it’s sitting on. The reflection looks like the goose is kissing itself like a feathered Narcissus. It creates a symmetrica­l effect, which always catches the eye. Jurie’s exposure is correct: The goose stands out against the background, even if most of the colours in the frame are different shades of brown.

Mirrorless cameras are gaining popularity, even among photograph­ers who wouldn’t have considered buying one just three years ago. The reason? The build quality and feel (at a certain price bracket, of course) are similar to the D-SLRs we’ve grown accustomed to over the last 20 years. Mirrorless cameras are often more lightweigh­t than D-SLRs, yet they have the same or better technologi­cal features. The electronic viewfinder­s have also improved by leaps and bounds – they no longer irritate the eye when looking through them.

Is a mirrorless camera for you? Test one at your local camera shop. But first make sure there’s enough money in your bank account…

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